.. or Fregata magnificens. This is a male doing his best to attract the ladies. I hope he succeeded.
This gentleman is perched atop some trees on the enchanting Isla de Aves, or Bird Island, home to thousands of large and loud sea birds in the mangroves just outside of Puerto Pizarro, Peru. A short video of this surreal setting coming VERY soon.
The purplish sheen in the plumage on its back is one of the main differences between the Magnificent Frigatebird and Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor), whose back plumage tends toward a yellowish red sheen.
Apologies for the hard light. The timing of the tides, which shift roughly every six hours, forced a trip here in mid-day.
Near Puerto Pizarro, Peru, 11-May-2013